Wisconsin recount observers discover five vote counting machines with tampered seals

With the Wisconsin statewide recount now fully underway, designated election observers have been monitoring the hand recounts of the election officials. Many of the observers who have been designated on behalf of third party candidate Jill Stein are sharing their first hand recount experiences on her official website. Most notable among them: one observer who reports that five of the nine voting machines in her county had tampered seals – and she posted visual evidence to prove it.

The observer, named Wendy, has been observing the recount in St. Croix County. According to the state’s official election website, that county is currently doing both a hand recount and a machine recount. That’s what makes it notable that Wendy spotted the broken seals on five of the nine machines in question. Based on the photographs she posted to Stein’s official campaign website, the broken seals themselves come with the warning label that “Removal of seal voids warranty.” Take a look at one of her photos below:


There has as of yet been no explanation from Wisconsin officials or St. Croix County officials as to why the majority of vote counting machines in the county have been visibly tampered with, and no one noticed during the original vote tally. It’s possible that these seals could have been broken by a hacker who was reprogramming them to produce rigged or false vote totals, and it’s also possible that an election worker could have simply pried open the seals for some unknown reason that didn’t involve malicious intent. But in any case, the broken tamper seals stand out as alarming – and could serve as legal fodder for expanding the scope of the recount.

A judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to force every Wisconsin county to do a hand recount, and that each county could decide on its own whether to do hand recounts or machine recounts. Sixty of the seventy-two counties have voluntarily agreed to do hand recounts. However, of the twelve counties which refused, Donald Trump won nine of them. These tampered seals could be used to convince the judge to order the remaining twelve counties to do hand recounts.

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  1. Ed on December 3, 2016 at 2:59 am

    I’ve gotten to like your content and point of view. Keep it up.

  2. Karen Peddersen on December 3, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Thank you Jill Stein for calling for recount..
    Keep it up and thank the workers for us. If we cannot come up with a better voting system…shame on us… I suggsst that we put The League of Women and men put it back together again. The Republicans took them out so they could rearrange it for them.

  3. Rick Kohn on December 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Why not at least recount using machines that weren’t tampered with?

  4. Diane on December 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    GOP aND trump will be busted soon because there were certainly some cheating and hacking going on because I can not believe he took all them blue states anything will be revealed in time and he isn’t qualify or fit to BE NO President not my President anyway I have no respect for him AND GOP All CHEATED AND he is an IDIOT and MESSY…PERIOD!!!

  5. Valli on December 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm


  6. CharlieC on December 3, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Tampered seals? WOW! I mean…. it gets more shocking every day. Yes, it is possible that someone pried open the seals for some unknown reason that didn’t involve malicious intent. But this has to be checked out.

  7. Christine Lund on December 3, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    It’s a start. Anyone who objects to these recounts should be subject to investigation into why they would even entertain the appearance of covering up cheating.

  8. L. C. Wong on December 6, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I have worked the electuons in California for several years. There are many seals that we use, but ones like what is show are not the sort you could “accidentally” break open. There are several of that type on our voter machines and there is no way (at least with ours) that we would break it “accidentally”. And when (IF) this sort of error were made, it should have been immediately reported and noted. THAT MANY broken seals and not substantiation would definitely be suspect.

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